August 7, 2013| 0

Book Review: What Matters? Economics for a Renewed Commonwealth

by Wendell Berry (Counterpoint, 2010. 256 pp) Born in rural Kentucky, Wendell Berry is a farmer, critic, and prolific author. He has published many novels, essays, poems, and short stories. Berry received his B.A. and M.A. in English from the University of Kentucky before attending Stanford University’s Creative Writing Program. He obtained a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship and taught English at New York University before […]

July 2, 2013| 0

Television Review: Mad Men: Season 6

Created by Matthew Weiner (Lionsgate Television, Weiner Bros., American Movie Classics) Starring Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Karthieser, January Jones, Christina Hendricks, John Slatterly, and Kiernan Shipka. TV series review by Donovan Richards *Spoiler Alert for Previous Seasons* Truth and Untruth What is the economic value of a lie? Generally, we ought not to lie. […]

July 13, 2011| 0

Looking for a Job? Consider Writing a Personal Biography

by John Terrill and Donovan Richards We all want to grab the attention of someone we hope to impress, and we’re tempted to do just about anything to be noticed. Remember Elle Wood’s pink and scented resume in Legally Blonde? She is not alone; officious employees have tried a myriad of attention grabbing techniques over […]

May 11, 2011| 0

Community, Sharing, and “Returning on Time” for the Love of a Stranger

There’s something special about small-town communities. Everybody knows your name; everybody knows your business. Although such an intrusion of “personal space” carries negative influences such as gossip, it also is profoundly supportive as the community surrounds those in trouble, shares items as needs arise, and works together for the common good. Interestingly, residing near a […]

February 10, 2011| 0

Technology and Sabbath Keeping

The introduction of email was meant to be a time saver. Instead of writing a letter, dropping it off at the post office, and awaiting a response, personal communication now operates at seemingly light speed. Yet, email also provided unintended consequences. The relative ease of use of this technology has generated a higher quantity of […]